Don’t forget about the purpose of Peer Review
Thank you for the effort and expertise that you contribute to reviewing, without which it would be impossible to maintain the high standards of peer-reviewed journals.
Conduct the Review with utmost sincerity
Reviewing needs to be conducted confidentially, the article you have been asked to review should not be disclosed to a third party. If you wish to elicit an opinion from colleagues or students regarding the article you should let the editor know beforehand. Most editors welcome additional comments, but whoever else is involved will also need to keep the review process confidential. Although journal practices vary, most journals do not share the identity of the reviewer with the author. To help us protect your identity, please do not reveal your name within the text of your review. Be aware when you submit your review that any recommendations you make will contribute to the final decision made by the editor.
Depending upon the journal, you will be asked to evaluate the article on a number of criteria. Some journals provide detailed guidance others do not, but normally you would be expected to evaluate the article according to originality, structure, previous research and ethical issues.
Don’t miss the report submission deadline
Since the journal follows quick review process and shows respect to the editors eagerness, your timely submission of report is highly appreciated.
Communicate your report to the editor
Once you have completed your evaluation of the article the next step is to write up your report. The report should contain the key elements of your review, addressing the points outlined in the preceding section. Commentary should be courteous and constructive, and should not include any personal remarks or personal details including your name.
Providing insight into any deficiencies is important. You should explain and support your judgment so that both editors and authors are able to fully understand the reasoning behind your comments. You should indicate whether your comments are your own opinion or are reflected by the data.
Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the Editor-in-chief will make one of following decisions:
- accept the manuscript without changes
- accept subject to minor corrections
- accept subject to major modifications
- reject the submission
Last, clearly identify what revision is required, and indicate to the editor whether or not you would be happy to review the revised article.